60s-plus group just 36% of workforce


The number of employees in their late 60s still account for less than 40 percent of Japan’s total workforce, despite many seniors’ strong desire to continue working, a government white paper showed Friday.

The employment rate for those aged between 65 and 69 stood at 36.3 percent in 2011 and at 22.8 percent for those between 70 and 74, according to a 2012 white paper on Japan’s aging society.

A survey conducted in 2008 showed 71.1 percent of respondents aged 60 or above wished to remain employed until the age of 70, or to continue working for as long as possible.

The white paper also said that salary levels and the chance to use their previous experience are the two biggest factors among elderly job seekers. About 25.7 percent of those in the 60 to 64 age bracket view wages as their top consideration, while 24.3 percent would prefer the opportunity to utilize their accumulated knowhow.

Meanwhile, more than half of those aged 60 or above are paying living expenses for children that have completed their education and have yet to leave home, according to the white paper. Specifically, 16.9 percent said they cover most of their offsprings’ living expenses, while 38.7 percent shoulder part of them.